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Medieval (Middle English) given name from Old French Josse, name of a seventh century saint Latinized as Jodocus, from Breton Iodoc, diminutive of iudh (lord), from Proto-Celtic *yowdos.[1]


  • IPA(key): /d͡ʒɔɪs/
  • (file)
    Rhymes: -ɔɪs

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Joyce (plural Joyces)

  1. An English and Irish surname originating as a patronymic.
  2. A female given name from the Celtic languages, associated by folk etymology with joy and rejoice.
    • 1860, Mrs Henry Wood (Ellen Wood), East Lynne:
      "It's a curious name," remarked Captain Levison. "Joyce - Joyce! I never heard such a name. Is it a Christian name or a surname?"
      "She was baptised Joyce. It is not so very uncommon. Her name is Joyce Hallijohn. She has been with us several years."
    • 1959, Anne Sexton, The Double Image:
      You call me mother, and I remember my mother again,
      somewhere in greater Boston, dying.
      I remember we named you Joyce
      so we could call you Joy.
  3. An unincorporated community in Clallam County, Washington, United States, named after founder Joseph M. Joyce.

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  1. ^ Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press 1988.

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Joyce f

  1. a female given name, variant of Joice